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Most people won't care about what I have to say but I have learned a lot from my four years and wanted to pass it on to a fresher and second years so here goes:

- Give yourself a due date of 2 days before the deadline so you won't overlap with immediate deadlines as this happens frequently in final year. They will give you a few days in between deadlines but sometimes only a day difference.

- If your year (1st or 2nd) doesn't count towards your degree, still put a 100% effort in and have above 50% attendance. Youre going to need discipline in final year as you won't have much spare time, and learning that early on is something I wish I knew before.

- If you are introverted, find other likeminded introverts in your seminars, if they are studying something you are passionate about, there's a high chance you will things in common. You may even become less introverted like I did - 18 y/o me was very different haha.

- Don't blow your maintenance loan and learn to budget it like with excel and monzo. You'd be surprised how much you can get by on a budget and it will help you not have to work.

- If your uni offers summer schools, apply! Having an international experience really impresses employers but also shows your parents you can be independent.

- Leave your car and PlayStation or PC and Xbox at home. Leaving your car will save you money on finding parking, fuel etc and it's only needed if you visit family frequently or you plan on doing road trips lots but with all these deadlines and living in a different city will keep you occupied. If you stay at home, then that doesn't apply.

Leaving your consoles at home will force you to be more social and not distract you from important deadlines. I know they're fun and you meet other gamers but they might have a different way of studying than you do so they can still submit deadlines and have their consoles. If that's more like you then it doesn't apply as much.

- Take a job in the summer or even better an internship. These really help you get a feel of working in an office job and shows you how different the professional life is - watch out for your colleagues though, they may seem nice to your face but could be intimidated by you especially if you're young!

- Finally, don't be afraid to talk to that girl or guy you're into, unless they're in the same class (don't defecate where you eat haha), the worst that can happen is reject you. It's not school anymore and no one gives a rats arse about gossip. They might like you too.

Apologies if you knew some of this already x
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Most people won't care about what I have to say but I have learned a lot from my four years and wanted to pass it on to a fresher and second years so here goes:

- Give yourself a due date of 2 days before the deadline so you won't overlap with immediate deadlines as this happens frequently in final year. They will give you a few days in between deadlines but sometimes only a day difference.

- If your year (1st or 2nd) doesn't count towards your degree, still put a 100% effort in and have above 50% attendance. Youre going to need discipline in final year as you won't have much spare time, and learning that early on is something I wish I knew before.

- If you are introverted, find other likeminded introverts in your seminars, if they are studying something you are passionate about, there's a high chance you will things in common. You may even become less introverted like I did - 18 y/o me was very different haha.

- Don't blow your maintenance loan and learn to budget it like with excel and monzo. You'd be surprised how much you can get by on a budget and it will help you not have to work.

- If your uni offers summer schools, apply! Having an international experience really impresses employers but also shows your parents you can be independent.

- Leave your car and PlayStation or PC and Xbox at home. Leaving your car will save you money on finding parking, fuel etc and it's only needed if you visit family frequently or you plan on doing road trips lots but with all these deadlines and living in a different city will keep you occupied. If you stay at home, then that doesn't apply.

Leaving your consoles at home will force you to be more social and not distract you from important deadlines. I know they're fun and you meet other gamers but they might have a different way of studying than you do so they can still submit deadlines and have their consoles. If that's more like you then it doesn't apply as much.

- Take a job in the summer or even better an internship. These really help you get a feel of working in an office job and shows you how different the professional life is - watch out for your colleagues though, they may seem nice to your face but could be intimidated by you especially if you're young!

- Finally, don't be afraid to talk to that girl or guy you're into, unless they're in the same class (don't defecate where you eat haha), the worst that can happen is reject you. It's not school anymore and no one gives a rats arse about gossip. They might like you too.

Apologies if you knew some of this already x
Thank you so much for your useful tips is 3rd year hard I will start my 3rd year in October and I will give everything to achieve a 1st or 2:1.
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Thank you so much for your useful tips is 3rd year hard I will start my 3rd year in October and I will give everything to achieve a 1st or 2:1.
No worries mate! I just learned a lot from my time at uni and my sister doesn't want to hear my advice because I'm her older brother.
Yeah unfortunately, it is harder than most people realise unless you know someone going through it when you aren't. If you're a party goer or participate in societies expect that to be less by about 40% but on the bright side think of all that money you're saving.

A 2.1 is fairly easy to get, aiming for a first will be more difficult because of the higher grade boundaries and the final year being worth more - my course had minimal first examples because of how hard it is to get them. Thankfully, my uni has a grade majority criteria and I was able to secure a 2.1 in my 2nd year to allow for a 2.1 to be my overall grade depending on what my dissertation and other modules will be, I may possibly get a 2.2 as I found it challenging. There are some guys on my classes who can do bare minimum work and still get a 2.1 however, so if you're more like that then you're certainly oreyt (Yorkshire for alright).
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No worries mate! I just learned a lot from my time at uni and my sister doesn't want to hear my advice because I'm her older brother.
Yeah unfortunately, it is harder than most people realise unless you know someone going through it when you aren't. If you're a party goer or participate in societies expect that to be less by about 40% but on the bright side think of all that money you're saving.

A 2.1 is fairly easy to get, aiming for a first will be more difficult because of the higher grade boundaries and the final year being worth more - my course had minimal first examples because of how hard it is to get them. Thankfully, my uni has a grade majority criteria and I was able to secure a 2.1 in my 2nd year to allow for a 2.1 to be my overall grade depending on what my dissertation and other modules will be, I may possibly get a 2.2 as I found it challenging. There are some guys on my classes who can do bare minimum work and still get a 2.1 however, so if you're more like that then you're certainly oreyt (Yorkshire for alright).
Im the first to go to university in my family so certainly the expectations will be on my shoulder but I always aim for the maximum that I can get in 4 modules this year I got 2:1, 3 modules were bare passes so that’s a 3rd and at this moment it’s a 2:2 but fortunately I got one module that I am doing a referral in and if I manage to get a 2:1 in that surely it balances out to be more of a positive end to a challenging year and hopefully my second year overall will then be a 2:1 but I will work hard non stop until the last minute to walk out with a 2:1 at the minimum.
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Hi, I'm starting uni in September of this year. I'm quite introverted and I'm not interested in going out clubbing but would rather enjoy a pub or bar instead as I don't drink much. Are there many people who don't drink much or at all, or would I be alone in this? I'm hoping there will be like-minded, relaxed people who aren't party animals and I'm really worried there won't be anyone like me. Any knowledge or advice? Thanks
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Hi LMB27 you are not alone in this. I was the same to be honest. And clubbing (for me anyways) is only really enjoyable when you go with good friends, so later on in the year. This is a common fear about coming to university, but rest assured, there is plenty to do that isn't clubbing. You can go to freebie and society fairs, quizzes, bingos, kareoke, societies events and more. Closer to the time, have a look on your students union page, and there will be a list of things they are doing for freshers, and they will also have events for throughout the year too. You can use this to plan in advance things you would like to do, and you can invite your flatmates to come to them with you

There will be some people who like to party a lot, but don't feel pressured to do this with them. I find the people you might become really good friends with are those on your course, as they will have similar interests and values, or those in societies you go to, so make an effort to get to know people on your course, as well as get stuck into things that interest you (societies, 'give it a go' events, volunteering) and you will meet those like minded people

- Rosie
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Hi everyone,

My tip as an alumni of the University of Chichester is to make the most of every opportunity!


  • Take every academic opportunity you can.
  • Talk to your lecturers and pick their brains for knowledge.
  • Use your uni services like the careers department.
  • Meet up with your friends and socialise as much as you can!

Life is very different now I've graduated, and although it's not a negative change, it definitely felt like a big shift.
It's been strange going from being able to see my best friends every day and living minutes from each other, to now being all across the country and the world.

So definitely make the most of your university experience as it's something not many of us get to repeat.

Megan
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Hi everyone,

My tip as an alumni of the University of Chichester is to make the most of every opportunity!


  • Take every academic opportunity you can.
  • Talk to your lecturers and pick their brains for knowledge.
  • Use your uni services like the careers department.
  • Meet up with your friends and socialise as much as you can!

Life is very different now I've graduated, and although it's not a negative change, it definitely felt like a big shift.
It's been strange going from being able to see my best friends every day and living minutes from each other, to now being all across the country and the world.

So definitely make the most of your university experience as it's something not many of us get to repeat.

Megan
University of Chichester Alumni
Hi Megan thank you for your wonderful tips absolutely superb! one question to ask please what would you suggest about the final year project how should that be approached I’m extremely nervous and worried 😧.
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Hi Megan thank you for your wonderful tips absolutely superb! one question to ask please what would you suggest about the final year project how should that be approached I’m extremely nervous and worried 😧.
Hi there,

It sounds really daunting but I promise it's much more manageable than it first seems!

Definitely pick a topic you are interested in! You'll be spending a lot of time reading and researching the area, so if it's on a topic you enjoy you won't find it so difficult to find the motivation to do the work.

I found my tutor was also a huge help and would often put forward ideas or suggestions I hadn't considered before. So make the most of your tutorials and get guidance. Don't be afraid to ask for help or to say you're struggling. They're there to help you.

Finally, (and I can't stress this enough) stick to the deadlines your lecturers give you for completing sections of the work. This breaks the work into easier chunks so it's not so overwhelming when you realise you need to write the dissertation and you've not done the prior work for it.

I hope this helps
Megan

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Hi there,

It sounds really daunting but I promise it's much more manageable than it first seems!

Definitely pick a topic you are interested in! You'll be spending a lot of time reading and researching the area, so if it's on a topic you enjoy you won't find it so difficult to find the motivation to do the work.

I found my tutor was also a huge help and would often put forward ideas or suggestions I hadn't considered before. So make the most of your tutorials and get guidance. Don't be afraid to ask for help or to say you're struggling. They're there to help you.

Finally, (and I can't stress this enough) stick to the deadlines your lecturers give you for completing sections of the work. This breaks the work into easier chunks so it's not so overwhelming when you realise you need to write the dissertation and you've not done the prior work for it.

I hope this helps
Megan

University of Chichester Alumni
Thank you I just hope there’s something there for me to chose as a topic that I’ll be comfortable around with not knowing and knowing I have about 3 months and 2 days when I can pick… It doesn’t really help but stress me out 😧 but thank you once again for the reassurance .
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Hi LMB27 you are not alone in this. I was the same to be honest. And clubbing (for me anyways) is only really enjoyable when you go with good friends, so later on in the year. This is a common fear about coming to university, but rest assured, there is plenty to do that isn't clubbing. You can go to freebie and society fairs, quizzes, bingos, kareoke, societies events and more. Closer to the time, have a look on your students union page, and there will be a list of things they are doing for freshers, and they will also have events for throughout the year too. You can use this to plan in advance things you would like to do, and you can invite your flatmates to come to them with you

There will be some people who like to party a lot, but don't feel pressured to do this with them. I find the people you might become really good friends with are those on your course, as they will have similar interests and values, or those in societies you go to, so make an effort to get to know people on your course, as well as get stuck into things that interest you (societies, 'give it a go' events, volunteering) and you will meet those like minded people

- Rosie
Thank you so much, that's really helpful and you've definitely eased my worries!! Those things all sound great so I'm quite relieved. Thank you, Rosie
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Are you a final year student or are are you going into your final year like me ?
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